The Association of Senior Anthropologists offers senior and retired anthropologists a continuing presence and voice in the discipline, allowing them to put their accumulated knowledge and insights to significant use.
The section has two main purposes:
(1) to serve as a forum for lively intellectual interactions and scholarly productivity, especially but not limited to presentations and publications by senior anthropologists as representatives of the living history of the discipline;
(2) to provide support needed by this cohort, including assistance with accessibility related to aging and in remaining professionally engaged when institutional support is reduced or absent.
See the Meetings page for a review of the events held at annual AAA meeting, some in-person in Baltimore, others online virtually. The official theme was Truth and Responsibility.
At the business meeting we welcomed newly elected Student Representative Sofia Pinedo-Padoch, who had been serving as an appointed board member, and Rick Feinberg to fill the newly created position of At-Large Member No. 1.
Under the leadership of President Tim Wallace, ASA instituted a new tradition of monthly Thursday Chats, on Zoom. Sharon Gmelch inaugurated the series in September, with a 40-year retrospective account of the ethnographic research she and George Gmelch carried out with the Irish Travelers.
2022 So Far
- Find links to the Thursday Chats, on the Archives page.
- See the link to ASA’s 2022 Section columns in Anthropology News on the AN Column page.
- Results of the spring election are in: President Elect Jean (Jay) Schensul, Secretary Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi, and At-Large Member No. 2 Helena Wulff will take office at the November AAA meeting.
- The program for this year’s AAA meeting has been announced, and you can find a preview of plans for ASA events on the NEWS page.